Paris Musée du Quai Branly just purchased a rare Mexican feather work

Paris Musée du Quai Branly has just purchased a rather incredible work because of its quality, its originality and its excellent well-preserved state: a Mexican feather work from the 16th century.

A new work is coming to the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. The Parisian museum has just purchased a rare feather work of Aztec technique this past May 24 at the Drouot auction house.

Called “Le Christ bon pasteur et deux scenes de la vie de Saint Jean-Baptiste dans un paysage” [Christ, the good pastor and two scenes of the life of St. John the Baptist in a landscape], the work dates back from the second half of the 16th century. Created for a royal order, the painting represent the Christ good pastor and two scenes of the life of St. John the Baptist: St. John the Baptist in front of his disciples designating the Christ coming to him and the baptism of Jesus Christ.

There are only a limited number of feather works from the Mexican colonial era. This iconographic analysis and a study of the materials are currently under work to get a better idea of the date of the work. The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac also plans to conduct a scientific study of the techniques used to learn more about them.

Because of its quality, its originality, its complexity and most of all its excellent preserved state, “Le Christ bon pasteur et deux scenes de la vie de Saint Jean-Baptiste dans un paysage” is a unique master piece you’ll be soon able to see in the aisles of the museum.

Manon C.
Last updated on 21 July 2019

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